Human remains found Saturday night in a wooded area off Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd have been identified as those of Marc Welzant, a developmentally disabled man who went missing over two years ago, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated in a news release. McQuiston stated the cause of death has not yet been determined but there are no preliminary indications that foul play is involved. Police said Welzant's remains were located on private property not far from the Mississippi River in a undeveloped wooded area about 2 miles south and west from where he was last seen. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office were stationed Sunday morning at the scene just off Business Highway 371 near Buffalo Creek and a sheriff deputy stayed on scene most of the day monitoring the area. The Brainerd Police Department, which has been the agency investigating Welzant's disappearance since Day 1, is the primary office overseeing the case, with help from the BCA, the sheriff's office and the Minnesota DNR. Welzant was last seen the afternoon of Oct. 26, 2014, when he left his group home. He was recorded on video at the Holiday Gas Station on South Sixth Street in Brainerd shortly before 3 p.m.
03/27/17 14:40 26682 250th St, LONG PRAIRIE, MN 56347 Garbage Dumping
On Monday 03-27-2017 afternoon at 2:40 pm the Todd County Sheriff’s office received a complaint of some garbage being dumped in a ditch in Long Prairie TWP sect 11. Concerned citizens report that a couch and multiple computer monitors were dumped in the ditches along the stretch of 250th St between County 29 and 265th Ave. The items were dumped between the fall of 2016 and todays date. If you have information, please call the TCSO at 1-800-794-5733.
03/25/17 17:24 24039 295TH AVE, LONG PRAIRIE, MN 56347 Damage to Property
On Saturday 3/25/17 night at 5:24 pm Todd County Sheriff’s Office received a Damage to property. Robert Casperson of Long Prairie reported that sometime between March 21st and March 24th someone had damaged the lawn on a property in sec 18 of Bruce TWP. Someone with a vehicle had drove on the lawn causing damage. Any information on this incident please contact the Todd County Sheriff’s Office
A 37-year-old Alexandria woman is accused of stealing $5,900 from her place of work, AJ's Restaurant in Osakis. Kristy Heuchert was charged in Douglas County District Court on Feb. 24 with felony theft. Osakis police were notified of the alleged theft on Dec. 13, 2016 when the owners of AJ's met with an officer and told him they had noticed money missing from daily deposits since Nov. 1, 2016. They provided a written log of the daily amounts that were missing, which totaled $5,900. The owners explained that the restaurant doesn't make daily bank drops and they keep the bank bag with several envelopes of cash in a desk in an unlocked office. When the owners discovered money was missing, they installed a camera in the office and said they observed Heuchert taking money from the desk drawer. Heuchert began working at the restaurant in April 2016. According to the criminal complaint, an officer talked with Heuchert and she admitted taking money. She allegedly told the officer that the total amount taken since Nov. 1 was about $3,000.
BAGLEY — Some northern Minnesota counties could end up paying millions of dollars to Enbridge Energy if the company is successful in its appeal of Minnesota property taxes it paid from 2012 through 2016. Enbridge claimed the Minnesota Department of Revenue unfairly valued its oil pipeline network and overcharged it in five years of tax collections. Clearwater and Red Lake counties could end up refunding more money than they raise annually in property taxes. Clearwater County auditor Allen Paulson told the Star Tribune that if Enbridge wins its appeal, the county would be forced to pay $7.2 million, more than the county’s levy of $6.8 million. Clearwater County faces the biggest hit because not only is it home to pipelines, but it also hosts an Enbridge tank farm and terminal in the town of Clearbrook. The company’s tax contributions also loom particularly large in Clearwater and Red Lake because the towns are sparsely populated and have small tax bases. Enbridge’s pipelines cross 13 Minnesota counties, transporting crude oil from Alberta, Canada, and North Dakota to a terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.
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